• Protesters head into the Legislative building for a sit-in against House Bill 2 in Raleigh, N.C.,  Monday, April 25, 2016. While demonstrations circled North Carolina's statehouse on Monday, for and against a Republican-backed law curtailing protections for LGBT people and limiting public bathroom access for transgender people, House Democrats filed a repeal bill that stands little chance of passing. (Chuck Liddy/The News & Observer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    North Carolina Dems pan ‘keep our state straight’ comment

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Rhetorical skirmishes continued Tuesday in North Carolina over a law limiting protections for LGBT people, as Democrats criticized a Republican’s plea to “keep our state straight.”

  • Protesters head into the Legislative building for a sit-in against House Bill 2 in Raleigh, N.C.,  Monday, April 25, 2016. While demonstrations circled North Carolina's statehouse on Monday, for and against a Republican-backed law curtailing protections for LGBT people and limiting public bathroom access for transgender people, House Democrats filed a repeal bill that stands little chance of passing. (Chuck Liddy/The News & Observer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    LGBT debate spurs arrests at North Carolina statehouse

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A day of protests and arrests around North Carolina’s statehouse marked what’s likely to be weeks of impassioned debate over a law limiting protections for LGBT people.

  • Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, left, cheers on his team with Troy Daniels, right, and Jeremy Lamb, center, during the first half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball playoffs first-round series against the Miami Heat in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, April 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Walker drops 34, Hornets defeat Heat 89-85 to even series

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored a playoff career-high 34 points, Jeremy Lin added 21 and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Miami Heat 89-85 on Monday night to even their first-round series at 2-2.

  • Tony Stewart takes on gas and gets new tires during a pit stop during the Sprint Cup auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Sunday, April 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Chet Strange)

    NASCAR adds penalties for teams that ignore lug nuts

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has added mandatory fines and other penalties for teams caught without five lug nuts on each wheel.

  • East Carolina QB Kurt Benkert to transfer

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — East Carolina says quarterback Kurt Benkert is transferring.

  • Carolina Panthers NFL football tight end Greg Olsen listens to a reporter's question during a player availability session at Bank of America Stadium on Monday, April 25, 2016.  (Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Olsen: Panthers’ focus not on return to Super Bowl right now

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen knows the NFC champion Carolina Panthers are making a huge mistake if they assume they’re getting back to the Super Bowl next season.

  • Autopsy: Toddler died of pneumonia because of malnourishment

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An autopsy report concludes a 3-year-old North Carolina girl died from pneumonia because she was so severely malnourished.

  • Miami Heat's Hassan Whiteside dunks against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs first-round series in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, April 23, 2016. The Hornets won 96-80. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Hornets’ Batum out, Whiteside a game-time decision for Heat

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside will start Game 4 against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night despite missing the last two practices with a bruised right thigh.

  • In this Oct. 22, 2014 file photo, Kenneth Wainstein, left, lead investigator into academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, addresses the media following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C.  Listening from second left are, University President Tom Ross, Chancellor Carol Folt and Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham. North Carolina has received a new document from the NCAA outlining violations connected to UNC’s long-running academic fraud scandal, a school athletics spokesman said. Steve Kirschner said the new Notice of Allegations (NOA) arrived Monday morning, April 25, 2016, jumpstarting a case that has been stalled in a procedural limbo since August, including through the basketball team’s run to the men’s NCAA title game this month.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

    AP source: UNC gets new Notice of Allegations in NCAA case

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — After waiting eight months to find out how the NCAA would revise its list of charges tied to the North Carolina’s long-running academic fraud scandal, the school is in similar position it was before.

  • Brittany Force wins NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Brittany Force raced to her second Top Fuel victory of the season Sunday at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, becoming the first female driver to win the unique event.